Ron Harper, a renowned actor known for his roles in television shows such as Generations, Planet of the Apes, Land of the Lost and Another World, passed away on March 21 at the age of 91 in West Hills, California. His daughter, Nicole Longueuil, confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in Pennsylvania, Harper studied at Princeton before serving in the US Navy. After leaving the military, he moved to New York and worked as an understudy for Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway. He later relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television. Harper’s TV career began in 1960 with a role on NBC’s Wells Fargo Stories and continued with appearances on such series as Wagon Train, Shotgun Slade and 87th Precinct, where he played Det. Bert Kling for multiple episodes.

Harper had numerous recurring roles on television shows including Garrison’s Gorillas, Where the Heart Is and Planet of the Apes. He also found success in daytime dramas by landing roles in Another World and Love. In recent years, Harper appeared in Pearl Harbor and played the president in The West Wing.

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